Debian Long Term Support (LTS)
Univention is supporting the Debian Long Term Support (LTS) now also as silver sponsor. The Debian LTS team is an active association of voluntary supporters from the open source community since around June 2014 which takes care of the removal of security gaps in Debian releases that are not any more actively supported by Debian. From the beginning, some of our employees have been involved in this project, since October 2015 we are also supporting it as a sponsor.
What do we appreciate about the Debian Long Term Support?
The community of Debian developers is by nature primarily focussed on the development of new Debian releases and takes also care of the detection and removal of security gaps in all of the current, stable Debian releases. This is why older releases had not been supported prior to the foundation of the Debian LTS. By nature and as part of the regular product maintenance process, Univention has also always been removing security gaps in older Debian releases. In this respect it made sense to pool workforces within the Open Source community in order to be able to react to known security problems in time and with competence. The Debian LTS thus guarantees the operational safety of productively used server systems that cannot be updated quickly.
What are the advantages for our users?
UCS customers can thus not only rely on the manpower and the know-how of Univention but also on the know-how of active members of the Open Source community. This not only takes account of the primary focus of the Debian project but also of the requirements of established IT infrastructures.